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Chiropractors: Mechanics of the Body

October is National Chiropractic Awareness Month. Every October we take a moment to thank our chiropractic ancestors for leading the way into main stream healthcare.  As a profession, we are proud to serve the public in a healthy, drug-free atmosphere with quality care that lasts a lifetime.  The art, philosophy, and science of chiropractic care combine to provide the body with an environment to function to the best of its ability.  My favorite analogy to use is that we chiropractors are “mechanics of the body.”

Did you know…

there are 206 bones in the human body.

there are 650 muscles in the human body.

and there are 100 BILLION nerves in the human brain alone.

Wow!!  That’s a lot of parts and pieces… with a lot of opportunities for something to go wrong. In comparison, cars today have many moving parts and an intensive electrical system.  Mechanics ensure that the car’s various parts are moving independently and together in proper fashion.  The also test the communication between the buttons pushed and the actions performed. Some of the most important tasks as a car owner is to have routine checks.  For example, the car should be inspected yearly, oil changed every 3000-5000 miles, and tires rotated as needed.

Similar to car mechanics, chiropractors assess the areas of the vehicle, or the body, that may or may not be functioning their best.  Local and global ranges of motion are reviewed, muscle tone is assessed, and nerve function is challenged.  If appropriate, we then provide treatment to restore proper function, often in the form of movement, to improve the communication among the body’s nerves.

Like routine checks for the car, it’s important that the body is assessed with regularity to ensure the bones and muscles are moving  correctly.  Unlike a car, however, we do not have a light that goes off when something is not functioning properly.  Instead, the body has an amazing ability to adapt and compensate when something isn’t moving properly.  Pain is the last symptom of dysfunction.  Muscle, ligament, and joint injuries are often a result of long-term mechanical dysfunction making the body susceptible to injury.  Routine visits are always encouraged to support a healthy body and catch the dysfunction before pain sets in.

So we thank our predecessors for guiding the way for us to help you.   It is our goal to help the community move better, feel better, and live better one patient at a time. Click here to schedule an appointment or call us today! (757) 427-0355

 

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Fall Into Essential Oils

Fall is in the air and it’s my favorite time of year!  The change in season reminds me of back home in upstate NY and the crispness in the air that will soon follow feels good.  While the cool feels good outside, the warmth of inside is accompanied by traditions of baked goods and savory meals.  Welcome autumn and use your essential oils to enhance the atmosphere.  Here are a couple of diffuser recipes to enjoy the wonderful aromas of season.

 

Ginger Snaps

  • 4 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Cassia
  • 2 drops Cinnamon

The combination of ginger, cassia and cinnamon is very complementary and bring a warmth to the room.  The three oils have immune supportive properties and aid in digestion.

Orange Cinnamon Buns

  • 4 drops Wild Orange
  • 3 drops Cinnamon
  • 3 drops Cardamom

The addition of wild orange to this recipe brings a stimulating and uplifting quality.  A great blend to use when hosting company during the holiday season.

Warm Pumpkin Spice

  • 3 drops Cinnamon
  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Clove
  • 2 drops Cardamom

Clove brings an energizing and cleansing feel to the warming scent.  This is a great blend to enjoy while decorating around the house or simply getting school work done.

For a little extra fun, check out these neat DIY projects that reuse your empty oils bottles and create some festive home-made decorations!

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The Power of Pumpkin

Halloween is quickly approaching and we have chosen to focus on the nutritional health of pumpkin, a versatile fruit that provides a lot of bang for your buck.  We already know that carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds can be a fun evening.  But did you know that eating pumpkin is also a very healthy choice with a lot of benefits?

First, let’s review roasting pumpkin seeds… rinse them off, sprinkle a little salt or other spices you enjoy, and stick them in the oven for a protein-packed snack!  Pumpkin seeds are an excellent vegan option as a protein source, boasting 12g of protein per 1 cup serving.  Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and bake the seeds for around 45 minutes… enjoy!

Now for the fruit of the pumpkin, often prepared into a puree.  Its orange color is a result of the high amount of beta carotene, providing support to your vision and eye health.  There are also additional antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, that provide support to the immune system.  Its high fiber, low sugar content makes pumpkin a great option for Diabetics and those trying to manage their blood sugar levels appropriately.

Standard Process has caught onto the benefits of pumpkin and utilize pumpkin seed protein in their popular Vegan protein powder mix, Veg-E Complete Pro, and in their new SP Detox Balance Program.

So even after the autumn holidays have come and gone, consider pumpkin as a frequent part of your menu!  Here’s a great recipe that incorporates pumpkin and doTERRA On Guard:

Ingredients
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup vanilla yogurt
2 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
2–3 drops doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend
1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If desired, add some whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Tip: For a vegan recipe, replace the milk and yogurt with one can of coconut milk.

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Regular Massage Helps with Anxiety and Depression

Feeling anxious and sad is part of being human, without these emotions we wouldn’t get to experience peace or joy.  Anxiety disorders and clinical or seasonal depression aren’t just feelings, they are elongated physical and mental responses to a chemical imbalance in the body and brain.

Anxiety can manifest in different ways for different people but it has one common factor: an excess amount of the stress-induced hormone, cortisol. You’ve heard of the “fight-or-flight” response? That is our sympathetic nervous system in action; it senses a danger or threat and pumps up our cortisol levels to provide energy needed to stay and fight or to run away. A person with anxiety could experience this multiple times a day to a danger that a person without anxiety might not perceive as dangerous. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Heart pounding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Insomnia

Depression is associated with a high level of cortisol as well as low levels of neurotransmitters named serotonin and dopamine. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that regulate countless functions and processes in our body, from sleep to metabolism. Serotonin is responsible for regulating mood, storing memory, quality of sleep, and mental cognition. Dopamine is known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter, we associate this with feelings of euphoria, pleasure, motivation, and reward. A chemical imbalance such as this in the brain can cause symptoms that affect daily life:

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities
  • Insomnia
  • Feelings of sadness, guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Moving or talking more slowly

Anxiety and depression are very common among people in the U.S, studies show that there are more than 3 million cases per year, spanning across various demographics. The two mental illnesses share many of the same symptoms and a person can often be diagnosed with both. The most common treatment of anxiety and depression in the U.S is a combination of talk-therapy and anti-anxiety and/or anti-depressant medication. In recent years, more studies are being done to show the positive effects that regular massage therapy can have on a person with anxiety and depression.

Massage Therapy activates the parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest-and-digest” counterpart to the “fight-or-flight” sympathetic nervous system. A study from the Mayo Clinic concluded that a 60 minute massage decreases cortisol levels by an average of 30% and increases serotonin levels by an average 28%, virtually replacing this stress hormone with neurotransmitters that regulate mood and improve sleep! Massage Therapy is a safe, natural, and effective method to supplement treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. Call us to schedule your next massage today! (757) 427-0355

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October Office Updates

Starting off with the sad news….our wonderful massage therapist Debra is leaving us on October 24. She has sold her house and is moving to the western part of Virginia to be closer to her daughter. She will be missed but we are wishing her the best for her future!

However, the good news is we have new massage therapists starting with us!! Call us to schedule today! (757) 427-0355

We also have a new receptionist in the office! Kim started with us in September, she moved to our area from sunny California to be closer to her son and grandchildren. We are excited to have her with us!

 

Be on the lookout for our holiday massage gift certificate sales! Sales are starting earlier this year in the office and online. Purchase as early as November 5th! Sales will go through December 22 in the office and until December 24 online.

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Exciting Upcoming Classes!

Tuesday October 16 at 6pm

Are you a woman that suffers from PMS, cramping, fatigue, hot flashes, or poor sleep?

Dr. Amanda will be discussing the unique challenges women face as they journey through life, and what holistic recommendations we have to offer. Nutritional & physical health status can play an instrumental role in how women feel physically as well as mentally and emotionally. Join us to see how we can help you feel your best! Click here to sign up today!

 

Friday November 2 at 6pm

Do you work at a computer all day? To busy to figure out how to incorporate exercise into your daily routine? Then this class is for you!

Brian Uniatowski from Anytime Fitness will be showing us a few different exercises that can be done around the office focusing on core and carpal stability. He will be discussing issues related to typing, as well as how your posture affects your neck and upper back.

We will be going over a few simple exercises, so dress casual and wear comfortable shoes. Click here to sign up today! We hope to see you there!

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